Greg Kroah-Hartman, the Linux kernel maintainer for the stable branch gives us the impression that he doesn’t need any sleeps whatsoever as he is delivering update after updates at a timely interval. The latest update is the Linux 4.4.41 kernel and has brought Linux OS users a wide array of interesting features.
Linux 4.4 is one of the longest term supported branches which has been serving distributions which include the likes of Canonical’s Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Alpine Linux and Arch Linux. Some bad news came from the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS as developers have announced that it will be completely replaced by Linux 4.8 due to the fact that January the 19th will be the date when Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS will make its appearance.
Being released just a week after Linux 4.4.40 LTS maintenance update, Linux kernel 4.4.41 LTS came in rather quickly as it consists of just a minor update patch. The attached shortlog states that only 78 files were subject to change, 187 deletions were accommodated and 605 new insertions have been delivered.
The most important changes that occurred in the Linux kernel 4.4.41 LTS update include the likes of an updated Nouveau, wireless, Radeon, SCSI (s390), TTY as well as InfiniBand drivers. Several tweaks and fixes were made for PowerPC support. Included in this update were some improvements when it comes to hardware architectures such as better ARC and x86 as well as a staging and thermal driver tweak for CLK, ACPI, MD and PCI.
Being an open-source operating system it constantly receives updates and patches and users cannot be more content as their favorite OS is going through significant changes in order for it to actually compete in the challenging operating systems market.
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